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Sports Direct, Costa Coffee and Subway join Springhill Retail Park

Springhill Retail Park occupies nearly 200,000 sq ft on the outskirts of Bangor
Andrew Madden

THREE of the UK's biggest retailers are set to open their doors in the coming months at Springhill Retail Park in Bangor.

Sports-goods giant Sports Direct currently occupies a unit at the park along with Heaton Sports and plans to undergo an expansion which will see it become one of the largest Sports Direct stores in Northern Ireland.

The two-storey superstore will span an excess of 20,000 sq ft and is expected to open in August.

Costa Coffee and Subway are also set to join the retail park in the autumn, each taking units of 1,800 sq ft.

Ryan McKee, retail director at Springhill's property agent Lambert Smith Hampton, said the new additions will build on the park's current roster of retailers.

“This park is home to a unique mix of retailers, from fashion, sports and bargain retailers, to well-being outlets and a selection of food offerings,” he said.

“We have secured these tenants on the back of a strong existing line up and plan to work closely with them going forwards to attract new customers to the park. The presence of a 68,000 sq ft Tesco on site guarantees footfall, assuring confidence in new retailers seeking growth opportunities.”

James Charlesworth, asset manager at Savills Investment Management – the firm which manages the park - welcomed the new arrivals.

“We are delighted to welcome Sports Direct, Costa Coffee and Subway to Springhill Retail Park,” he said.

“The arrival and expansion of these tenants reflects our shared vision and commitment to creating a best-in-class shopping experience for all customers.”

Springhill Retail Park spans nearly 200,000 sq ft and is anchored by a Tesco store. Each month it sees 175,000 cars enter the park and its other stores include Next and Poundworld.

The park was bought by global retail giant Pradera in 2013, previously being owned by now-defunct property group Jermon.

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